Simeon Nichter

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego


My research explores clientelism and corruption, with central reference to Latin America.  My book, Votes for Survival: Relational Clientelism in Latin America (Cambridge University Press), examines how and why citizens often play a key role in sustaining ongoing exchange relationships.  I have also published articles in the American Journal of Political Science,
American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies,  Electoral Studies, Latin American Research Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Development.  I am currently conducting research on corruption as a Fulbright Scholar at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.  Previously, I served as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  
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